PALIMPSEST PRESS announces the release of a new poetry collection by Kate Braid, Turning Left to the Ladies. The B.C. launch will be hosted by 32 Books at The Joint Woodworking Studio.
In 1977 Kate Braid got her first job in construction as a labourer on a small island off the coast of British Columbia. Never in her wildest dreams did she plan to be a construction worker, much less a carpenter, but she was desperate to stay on the island and had run out of money, along with all the options a woman usually has for work—secretary, waitress, receptionist. Turning Left to the Ladies is an autobiographical account of the fifteen years she worked as a labourer, apprentice and journey carpenter, building houses, high rises and bridges. She was the first female member of the Vancouver local of the Carpenter's Union and the first full-time woman teaching trades at the BC Institute of Technology. Turning Left to the Ladies is a wry, sometimes humorous, sometimes meditative look at one woman’s relationship to her craft, and the people she met along the way.
Kate Braid’s previous books include Covering Rough Ground, which won the Pat Lowther Award, To This Cedar Fountain, nominated for the BC Poetry Book Prize, Inward to the Bones: Georgia O'Keeffe's Journey with Emily Carr, winner of the Vancity Book Prize, and A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems. With poet Sandy Shreve she edited In Fine Form: The Canadian Anthology of Form Poetry.
Thursday, June 18th at 7 pm
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